Marcus Rashford has revealed how England captain Wayne Rooney inspired the team to look to the future following their shock Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland.
England crashed out at the last-16 stage in France last year after goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson overturned Rooney's early penalty.
The defeat saw Roy Hodgson leave his post as head coach and cast some doubt over the future of the skipper, who has since struggled for regular playing time with Manchester United and has been left out of Gareth Southgate's latest squad as he continues to nurse a knee injury.
Southgate has offered England's record goalscorer no guarantees that he has a future with the national team, but Rashford - who has admitted to idolising Rooney as a youngster - has offered a glimpse of the influence his United team-mate still has.
"I know the comparisons that have been made between the two of us," Rashford, who has earned a recall for this week's friendly with Germany and World Cup qualifier with Lithuania, told The Players' Tribune.
"I know the expectations that people have of me. For me, I'm just focused on improving my game however I can. And being around Wayne and training with him has been massive for that.
"He speaks to me a lot about the game - the positions he's been in, the situations he's had to deal with.
"I first met Wayne after my debut for United [against Midtjylland in February 2016, in which Rashford scored twice]. He was injured at the time, but he came into the changing room after the game, walked straight up to me and said congratulations. It may seem like a small thing, but it wasn't. It meant a lot to me.
"When we were knocked out by Iceland at the Euros, it was a massive disappointment. We were all sitting around in the dressing room after the match, not sure what to think. But then Wayne gets up. And he says one thing. 'Keep your head up. We've got a lot to fight for in the future'.
"But he says it to each individual person. One by one, he goes up to us and looks us in the eye. 'Keep your head up. Look forward'.
"So that's where we are now. Our heads are up and we're fighting for the future. I know I'm young - the whole squad is quite young - but we want to make history in the time we've got. We know that when people look back on our team, it's the trophies that they are going to judge us on."
|Tottenham 2 Roma 3: Kolarov makes debut in thriller|
|Premier League spending unsustainable – Levy|
|Mourinho: I miss Rooney a lot|
|Instagram post was Pique´s ´gut feeling´ over Neymar future|
|Mackay lauds Greller for getting ´most critical yardage ever´|
|Top seeds bow out early in Hamburg|
|Suns guard Brandon Knight out for season with torn ACL|
|Emery unmoved when quizzed on PSG´s pursuit of Neymar|
|Jackson, Olding to be prosecuted in relation to alleged rape|
|Real Madrid´s attack doesn´t need Mbappe to wreak havoc, claims Casemiro|
|Warriors officially confirm new deals for Curry, Durant|
|Balotelli fitter than last season, warns Dante|
|Mata and Herrera provide Manchester United injury boost|
|Orlando capture Dwyer in record swoop|
|Bardsley bolsters Burnley backline options|
|Ibrahimovic still a leader at Old Trafford – Pogba|
|Wozniacki prevails in Bastad, Duan dumped out of Jiangxi Open|
|Thiago Maia joins Brazilian influx at Lille|
|LeBron James refutes report he´d be ´tempted to beat Kyrie Irving´s a**´|
|WATCH: Neymar´s aim defeats Messi and Suarez|
|Hart can help West Ham reach top eight – Hislop|
|Ajax´s Nouri out of intensive care and breathing unaided|
|Mourinho wants a midfielder and winger at Man Utd|
|Peerless Peaty breaks WR twice in one day... with final still to come|
|Mourinho slams UEFA over Bailly ban|
|Payet was a flawed individual – Sullivan|
|Dhawan and Mukund to open for India|
|Conte pleased with Morata cameo|
|F1 Raceweek: New-look Hamilton a cut above in Budapest? Grosjean cooking up a storm|
|Kaka uncertain of Orlando future as he targets MLS play-offs|
|Cassano should be applauded, says Prandelli|
|Sanches seeking to swap Munich for Milan|
|Brown loaned to Brighton after signing Chelsea contract|
|Stokes holds no grudge against Rabada|
|VAR would have ruled out ´Hand of God´ goal, Maradona admits|
|Former Ireland scrum-half O´Leary retires|
|Bordeaux abandon Wellington Silva transfer|
|Joshua-Klitschko II ´pencilled in´ for November 11 - Hearn|
|Kaka backs Bonucci to help Milan rediscover glory days|
|Chelsea 2 Bayern Munich 3: Muller at the double as Bayern bounce back|
|Injured Michu confirms retirement|
|Barrington backing Farrell to inspire England to World Cup glory|
|Neymar will make right decision amid PSG links - Kaka|
|Wagner backs Liverpool to win the league|
|Monaco deny world-record €180m Real Madrid deal for Mbappe – report|
|Higuain: I need to score more in Europe|
|Soliola given five-match ban for Slater hit|
|Devastated Rutherford to miss World Championships|
|Real Madrid ´would be alright´ but Dolberg in no rush to leave Ajax|
|Canada rugby sevens wing Zaruba lands NFL contract|
|Mane, Ings back in full Liverpool training|
|Mahrez would do great things at Roma – Gonalons|
|Sensational Peaty smashes his own world record|
|Australia´s ´ton of talent´ leaves Hayne eyeing Fiji World Cup call|
|Real Madrid want a top-class French striker, Lyon president claims|
|McMahon turns back on Australia for Japan move|
|Bernat has surgery on ankle ligament tear|
|Higuain wants Dybala at Juventus but ´can´t point a gun at his head´|
|Twins, Royals making moves to try catch Indians|
|I want more trophies – Ronaldo confirms Real Madrid stay|
|Outgoing Storm half-back Cronk yet to decide on future|
|Bjorn lauds ´special´ Spieth|
|Aulas: PSG signing Neymar for record fee is risky|
|We see life differently - Rafter responds to Tomic|
|Spieth favourite for US PGA Championship, says Watson|
|Cavs´ Jefferson sympathetic to Irving´s trade mindset|
|LeBron excited by Rose´s expected Cavs move|
|Klopp unfazed by Mourinho, Man United|
|Tyson: McGregor is going to get killed fighting Mayweather|
|WATCH: Mourinho crashes Lingard interview|